Super Rugby

Indigenous Program

The Queensland Reds Indigenous Program (QRIP) was established in 2010. Initially delivered into the Mornington Island and Doomadgee communities, the program has continued to expand and now delivers state-wide to encompass the additional communities of Yarrabah, Woorabinda and Cherbourg as well as significant program delivery within our urban areas.

Closely aligned to the Closing the Gap commitment by all Australian governments to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians, and in particular provide a better future for Indigenous children, the QRIP charter is “to support and encourage young Indigenous Queenslanders to stay in school, seek employment and further training and as a result become a leader within their community”.

Using Qld Rugby Union staff in program delivery and the St.George Queensland Reds players, brand and corporate notebook for incentives and opportunities, the QRIP is built on the values of:

Leadership: Fostering personal, cultural and educational leadership through a multi-faceted approach aligned with cultural kinship systems.

Teamwork: Developing a “whole of community” approach which demonstrates and highlights the key strengths of individuals and how those skills can support the collective group.

Commitment: Demonstrate a commitment from all parties and stakeholders to ensure a concerted and sustained effort to support not only the success of the program; but also the success of the individual, as well as the collective group and/or community.

With a whole of business approach within the organisation and a “crayon to career” program delivery, the QRIP structure ensures we are delivering to the betterment of a generation of people.
Community Development Program: delivered through the communities of Cherbourg, Woorabinda, Yarrabah, Mornington Island and Doomadgee to encourage school attendance, education and healthy and active lifestyles.

Reds Future Indigenous Leaders Program:
aims to encourage and support students who have demonstrated consistency in attendance, showed improvement in learning and achieved excellence in performance both inside and outside the classroom.
Learn Earn Legend! Program: working with year 11 and year 12 students across South and Central Qld to promote the Federal Government’s message of “stay in school, get that job, be a legend!”
Employment Strategy: commitment to identify and support employment initiatives for indigenous Australians
Queensland Reds Indigenous Round:
in 2012 the Queensland Rugby Union became the first State Union in Australia to celebrate our indigenous culture and heritage with a nominated match in the season.





28/5/2014 - St.George Queensland Reds team to play Highlanders at Suncorp Stadium (Indigenous Round)

22/5/2014 - Fainga'a twins launch St.George Queensland Reds Indigenous Round

28/1/2014 - Queensland Rugby's partners band together to assist Souths 

19/11/2013 - Queensland Reds and Mission Australia launch Red'dy to Work

15/11/2013 - Kings & Queens of Pacific Rugby Tournament set to hit Logan

4/11/2013 - Queensland Rugby's Yarrabah breakfast program returns for second year

1/11/2013 - Ella Sevens set to light up Ballymore this weekend

19/9/2013 - Queensland Rugby celebrates the success of Learn, Earn, Legend! 

5/8/2013 - Future Indigenous Leaders Program build from strength to strength

3/8/2013 - Townsville to host the North Queensland Under 16 Indigenous Trials

1/6/2013 - Reds celebrate Indigenous Round with a bonus-point win over the Rebels

31/5/2013- QRU and Rio Tinto launch Future Indigenous Leaders Program

28/5/2013 - Queensland Rugby launches second annual Indigenous Round

30/4/2013 - Queensland wins the 2013 National Indigenous Under 18 Championship

3/12/2012 - Indigenous youth succeeding in the workplace through Mission Australia–Queensland Reds program

12/27/2012 - Reds support Leighton Contractors Youth Drive Safe Initiative

11/22/2012 - St.George Queensland Reds talk career opportunities with Indigenous youth

10/30/2012 - Queensland Rugby and Coles Supermarkets kick starts Breakfast Club in Yarrabah

8/14/2012 - Northern Queensland wins 2012 National Indigenous Under 16 Championship

8/16/2012 - South Brisbane’s Greek Club to play host to Lloyd McDermott fundraiser

8/9/2012 - Two Queensland teams prepare for National Indigenous U16 Championships

7/2/2012 - St.George Queensland Reds unveil Indigenous Round jersey

6/30/2012 - Queensland Rugby unveils Reds Indigenous Round in NAIDOC week



Joel Johnston  |  Game Development Manager - Community & Stakeholder Engagement 
M +61 488 000 242  
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Chloe Pillar  |  Indigenous Education & Employment Coordinator
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